Grateful Dead Live at Catholic Youth Center on 1971-04-13
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Set 2: Trucking > Drums > Good Lovin', I Second that Emotion, Greatest Story > Johnny B. Goode, Uncle John's Band
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|Big Boss Man|
|Me And Bobby McGee|
|Big Railroad Blues|
|Playing in The Band|
|Hard To Handle|
|I Second That Emotion|
|Greatest Story Ever Told >|
|Johnny B. Goode|
|Uncle John's Band|
This is the complete show. A couple of seconds are missing at the start four songs (Casey Jones, Big Railroad Blues, Truckin', Uncle John's Band)
- 2006-02-18 04:48:30
- SBD > MR > DAT x3 > Delta DiO 2496 > Soundforge > FLAC16
- Scranton, PA
- Catholic Youth Center
Subject: Wyoming valley
Scranton was small then. Now it's the Wyoming Valley and the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Carbondale metro. It was no big deal that they played at a CYO building; it was the city's commonly-rented sports and events venue (the Lackawanna Student Center & Gym). They were so hardworking at the time, playing the whole region, 20 shows in 25 days: Lancaster, Pittsburgh, Lewisburg and Meadville. This was the only time they played Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The tour both started and ended in NYC and included the Skull Fuck/Ladies & Gentlemen shows at Hammerstein Ballroom and the Fillmore E. They all had similar setlists (though the next night has a China>Rider, a Bird Song, and a Cryptical, and has a better first set).
The show used to circulate in pieces (or as filler) and no one trader seemed to have the whole show. It was mainly part of the 2nd set that seemed to show up. The show developed a reputation as a must-have, i.e. it was one of those shows that floated to the top for reasons of provenance, availability and, to some extent, playing (while others from Spring '71, like the brilliant 4/28 were overlooked, not in circ, or had poor sound). Most of what was traded from the show during the B & P era was pitched too poorly to give proper attention. But now we have much better qual available! It's a bit above average for '71 - you can find some worse shows and several better shows .The 2nd set is under an hour - not unusual for tours with the NRPS.
First Set. Casey Jones is cut on all copies. Loser-SS isn't the later, power/arena version but has a good solo. The first wide open x factor is Bertha. By this point is was commonly a set-topper (Skull Fuck wasn't out yet). The missed beat @4:47 isn't a tape anomaly. At the ensemble level the playing is detailed - check how Phil and Bobby play off each other. The next few are typical '71. There's another cut in Big Railroad and some distortion in the recording of Playin'. The latter's not a great one; it's out of tune and they bail early. The last two are the second highlight of the set. Jer's wah on Sugar Magnolia is so cool.
Second Set. Average '71 until a notable Good Lovin'. It's uptempo and the monster jam is the heart of the show. There's a brief, so-called Darkness, Darkness Jam (a quote of the Youngblood's song). Yes, the pitch correction is upward - it's that uptempo. I Second that Emotion is the 2nd of only 7 (played only this tour) and is a great cover of the Smokey Robinson song. If you listen to the best one, on the 25th, you may wonder why it was dropped so fast. Greatest Story is the early, '71 arrangement, played almost in transition, to a rager of a Johnny B. Goode. Overall, 4/71 isn't the tightest period for Uncle John's (and in general), especially compared to one year hence. I do like the roaring versions though and wish they'd have kept this tone and arrangement.
1st Set: C+
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3¼ stars
Bertha - Bobby and Phil focus on each other
Good Lovin' - one of 71's best; uptempo and a brief Darkness, Darkness
Greatest Story Ever Told>Johnny B. Goode - played as a tandem
SOURCES: The bertha-ashley.32077 has the mix corrected in many places and has better balance, but is boomy and too EQd in places. The unknown.32015 has the best clarity and the low end has bass notes instead of thuds, with fewer frequency and volume fluctuations, but it has been compiled from variously pitched sources. Big Railroad is slow and needs +2%. The last three of the 1set Set are a tad slow and need +1%. Truckin' is also too slow and needs +2% (so probably the same source as Railroad). The rest of the 2nd Set needs +1%.
Subject: My first Dead show
Subject: Catholic Dead
Love this month best for 1971.
Songs like Bertha, Loser (4/10), Casey Jones(4/17), Big Railroad and Cumberland (8/15)sound better without piano IMO (and Garcia is on fire).
Subject: Hot sugar
Subject: great show
Subject: how do you download this
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" April 13, 1971, at the Catholic Youth Center, Scranton, PA, U.S.A.
Thirty eight years ago today the GRATEFUL DEAD performed in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where were you?
I couldn't be there in 71, but I showed up today, where were you?
5 Stars for the mix, recording, performance, and transfer.
I highly recommend adding this show to you 1971 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.
I downloaded this show a long time ago, I waited until the anniversary to write my review.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the Love from 1971.
Subject: Forgive my last post...
Anyway, what I meant to say was that I find the Dead to be more "spiritually" fulfilling than any other type of organized religion. The Dead is an all-inclusive thing. Hell, they got Anne Coulter, the conservative psycho-b--ch, as a fan, that's gotta say something.
I was just wondering if the people in charge of the "Catholic Youth Center" knew what they were getting into when the invited this particular band.
As for the actual show... tight!!!!!! Definitely one of the best '71 shows that I've heard.
Subject: I was there and here is a true story
Google my name and find out what became of this 17 year old kid.
Subject: I live in Scranton Pa
Subject: Darkness Darkness
Subject: Great Show
I spent a good chunk of my younger days in Scranton (the CYC hosted everything from concerts to boxing matches) and living there was super convenient to venues in Philly, NYC, DC, Hartford, Buffalo, etc. Thanks for the memories archive.org...what a GREAT resource and treasure.
Subject: thats right...
Subject: once a Cathoilc...always a Catholic
"Garcia:...I come from a Catholic background, but nobody in my family was very serious about it. I was forced to go church, but only until I was about ten or eleven. I was never confirmed."
I believe Jerry was actually a Catholic, not a professed good one by any means...but then, who is? That's the point of JC: He came so that we might all have salvation.
"You better take Jesus with you
heâs a true companion
Oh Iâm sure without him
you never will make it home."
Subject: Happy Holidays!!
Subject: Where the f.. is 1971-04-28?
Subject: Catholic good lovin'
Playin---hard to hanle---sugar mags are very nice and well played. I think Pig was feelin it and gave it a little extra for the good Catholic girls in attendance. Good lovin rocks and the rest of the night kicks.
Sound quality is excellent.
Subject: Awesome Show